Chicopee bar surrenders alcohol and entertainment licenses after complaints

Hampden County

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A bar in Chicopee has voluntarily surrendered its alcohol and entertainment licenses after neighborhood complaints.

Mayor Richard Kos said after complaints about noise and customer behavior at the View Street Tavern, located near a residential neighborhood, the bar agreed to cease operations before a hearing next month.

Kos said in a news release that the bar was scheduled for a violation hearing, but the hearing has been postponed until September, during which additional violations will now be discussed.

“You’d hear, it would just be loud and obnoxious. There would be people parked on our street. Occasionally in the morning you would see beer bottles and loud nonsense. There’s trust issues between View Street Tavern and Berger Street. It’s been like that for months now.”

Eric Willis of Chicopee

A lawyer for the View Street Tavern said they did not have any comment on the situation.

News Release from the City of Chicopee:

VIEW STREET TAVERN TO SUSPEND OPERATIONS UNTIL FURTHER REVIEW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CHICOPEE – Mayor Richard J. Kos announced the owners of the View Street Tavern, located at 92 View Street, Chicopee, have agreed to cease-and-desist operations during the investigation of neighboring residents’ complaints of noise and the behavior of customers. Attorney Dave Berson, representing the establishment, confirmed the restaurant’s licenses, including its alcohol and entertainment licenses, were voluntarily surrendered this week.

Originally scheduled for a violation hearing before the board of license commission, the hearing has been postponed until September 26, 2019, for 6 PM at the RiverMills Senior Center – lower level, 9 West Main Street, Chicopee. On that date, additional-new violations against the licensee of the View Street Tavern will be heard by the commission. In the interim, they are shut down and neighbors are satisfied with this outcome.

“I thank the License Commission for their diligence in continuing to monitor this establishment and address concerns with its operation,” expressed Mayor Richard J. Kos.

“We certainly would hate to lose a local business but there has been a lot of concern,” said Ward 8 City Councilor, Gary R. Labrie. “I hope they [the owners] take the time to regroup and create a new business plan for the establishment.”

Mayor Richard Kos said after complaints about noise and customer behavior at the View Street Tavern, located near a residential neighborhood, the bar agreed to cease operations before a hearing next month.

Posted by WWLP-22News on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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